I’ve got a lucky 13(!) spring racing related events to find hats and trackside-appropriate dresses for so far. So thinking about the carnival already probably isn’t too early. Caulfield Racecourse’s celebrations start next month and their hunt for two fresh faces is underway. Kelly Bannister, Kate Hopkins and Hetty Kate are the finalists and for the first time a male will also be chosen from Matthew Cohen, Stefan Liberto and Evan Spargo. I have my tips on who will win but I’d love to hear who you like the look of in the comments below.
Another thing to look forward to are the Fashion Stakes. It had been an honour to judge these fashions on the field contests for the past few years – don’t listen to your parents kids, judging people IS a good thing – and I’d love to see a StyleMelbourne reader win some of the $100,000+ worth of prizes this year. The Design Award also returns; this season presented by The Whitehouse Institute of Design. A student designer category (their prize includes a solo fashion launch) debuts alongside the traditional label/retailer category as designers of all levels can showcase their take on inventive racing fashion. I adore it when people twist the classic racewear rules and inject a dose of individualism into their looks; modern racewear should be vibrant and boundary-pushing. I think it can be easy to get stuck in a “vintage” rut (though I still much rather that than flammable dresses and “exotic dancer” heels not even worthy of a nightclub). Speaking of which, how refreshing-for-the-races is the styling/art direction of the fresh images below?
Will I see you at the races soon?